On Saturday, January 11, 2020, 601Artspace hosted a conversation with artists Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Deniz Tortum, Kathryn Hamilton and curator Ulya Soley.

Ulya Soley works at Pera Museum as a collection supervisor and contributes to the Museum’s exhibitions and publications as a curator and editor. She completed her MA in Culture, Criticism and Curation at Central Saint Martins, and her BA in Art History and Psychology at McGill University. Recently, she curated the digital exhibition “You Look Familiar” as part of the British Council’s Curatorial Residency Program. Her past curatorial projects include “Katherine Behar: Data’s Entry” and “Bring Your Own Beamer” at Pera Museum, “Waiting Room” at South London Gallery, and “Stereo-Reality” as part of Proto5533’s emerging curators program. Her writing appeared in printed and online publications such as Pine Magazine, UQ, The Believer Logger, Istanbul Art News, Art unlimited and K24. She is an AICA member, and co-founder of the publication project Stimuli.

Deniz Tortum (Istanbul, 1989) works in film and new media. His work has screened internationally, including at the Venice Film Festival, SxSW, Sheffield, True/False and Dokufest. He has worked as a research assistant at the MIT Open Documentary Lab, where he focused on virtual reality. In 2017-2018, he was a fellow at Harvard Film Study Center, working on the film Phases of Matter, which will be released in 2020. He was recently featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film.

Kathryn Hamilton is an artist based in New York and Istanbul. A 2019 Macdowell Fellow, she is the founder of Sister Sylvester, a performance group that make cross-species collaborations and cyborg theater. Her work often takes the form of essayistic performances, using first hand research and found documents. Her work has toured internationally, recent productions include: Brecht Forensics, (in development) which has been seen at Joe’s Pub, Caveat, The Cell, MAX Festival and University of Colorado; The Fall, a lecture-performance about film and revolution, has been performed at Yale University and at The Public Theater for Under the Radar Festival. Three Rooms, a live-skype performance exploring the relationship of technologies of mobility to the crisis of borders was a commission from The European Union ‘Between Two Shores’ program, and has been performed at at Shubbak Festival, Arcola Theater, London; Frascati Theater, Amsterdam; Bozar, Brussels, among others; Her video installation documenting the work of the Peace Academics in Turkey, still in development, has been shown at Amsterdam University and Humboldt University, Berlin. She also writes, most recently her work on Virtual Reality and Orientalism was republished for the New Inquiry Classics edition. She was a 2019 Yale University Poytner Fellow in Journalism and she has taught or mentored students at Columbia University, NYU, Princeton, Yale and Boğaziçi, Istanbul.

Chulayarnnon Siriphol explores new possibilities to create moving images, and traverses between the world of filmmaking and artmaking. A keen observer of Thai society, Siriphol transforms uses the implications of his cultural observations as materials in his work, accentuated by his sense of humour. His artistic practice is based on an investigation of personal vs social memory, documentary and fiction, reality and supernatural, grand narrative and alternative stories.


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